The House of Representatives is considering ending the National Youth Service Corps program.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 2020 constitutional amendment law, which is seeking to repeal the NYSC Act, is billed for the second reading.
Its sponsor, Mr Awaji-Inombek Abiante, listed in the reasons for the proposal the reasons why NYSC should be abolished.
It read in part: “This bill is intended to repeal Section 315 (5) (A) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 (as amended) for the following reasons:
“Continued killings of innocent corps members in several parts of the country due to bandits, religious extremism and ethnic violence; ongoing kidnappings of innocent corps members across the country;
“Public and private agencies / departments no longer employ capable and skilled Nigerian youth and are therefore heavily dependent on the availability of unpaid Corps members who will be expelled with impunity at the end of their year of service without the hope of being profitably employed.
“Due to countrywide uncertainty, the leadership of the National Youth Corps is now considering sending Corps members to their geopolitical zones to address one of the Corps’ goals, which is to develop mutual relations among Nigerian youth and promote national unity and integration.” “
The military regime of General Yakubu Gowon founded NYSC on 22 May 1973 based on Decree No. 24 years 1973 to reconcile and reunite the Nigerian people after the civil war between 6 July 1967 and 15 January 1970.
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